Assemblywoman Gabriela Rivadeneira, during the Forum of Sao Paulo, which pays tribute in Havana to its founder Fidel Castro, on Tuesday, July 17, 2018, referred to the situation in Venezuela.
The legislator indicated that with the “leadership” of President Nicolás Maduro, Venezuelans will “get ahead.” Rivadeneira’s statements were posted on YouTube where she says: “Thank you to Venezuela for the permanent solidarity.”
Much strength in the face of this blockade that we are suffering, we know that with the leadership that is being implemented with the partner (Nicolás) Maduro, with the compañera Delcy (Rodriguez), with other comrades from other areas assuming the leadership of Venezuela and that our commander Chávez left, the Venezuelan people will get ahead, much peace, much harmony, but also a lot of determination and conviction to resist the neoliberal attack. Embrace and force Venezuela.”
The Forum in Sao Paulo gathered more than 600 politicians and leftist activists paid tribute today in Havana to the late Cuban ex-president Fidel Castro at the start of the last day of the XXIV Forum of Sao Paulo, of which the historical leader was “founder and guide”. Castro (1926-2016) was remembered along with the late Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez (1954-2013) as “heroes of Latin American independence to which the progressive currents must look.”
The historical leader who ruled Cuba for almost five decades “was a man who cannot be divinized because his capacity as a man would be diminished,” said Havana historian Eusebio Leal. “He was a man with extraordinary leadership capacity (…) We have to have the political courage to face him, and he had it, he faced the power of that time, if we can get together and meditate on our paths it’s because the Revolution that He led Fidel still lives, “he said.
Former President of Brazil Dilma Rousseff said that Castro, whom, personally met and visited in Havana on numerous occasions, “took care of his people and at the same time cared about the fate of other nations.” “Cuba is a reference, and in spite of the difficulties, it is still a beacon for everyone,” said Rousseff, who came to the Forum to denounce the “unjust imprisonment” of her mentor, former President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva.
The XXIV Forum of Sao Paulo concludes today after three days of debates in which the Latin American and Caribbean left denounced the “soft blows” to the governments of Nicaragua and Venezuela, and sought unity against the “attack of the right” in the region.
Politicians and activists have also used the meeting as a space to connect with colleagues from other countries in order to gather support and “channel the global solidarity of the left,” the Saharawi ambassador in Nicaragua, Suliman Salem, told Efe.
For the Venezuelan Johnny Gutiérrez, “the Forum is a bastion of struggle that screams to the world that we do not lose heart and continue working and that the (American) Empire is not so strong as to tear down everything that has been built in countries like Cuba, Venezuela or Nicaragua. ”
According to the young person, this appointment is “significant” because the political forces of the left seek to unite “in order to consolidate common objectives that are in favor of the peoples”. The presidents of Venezuela, Nicolás Maduro, of Bolivia, Evo Morales, and of Salvador, Salvador Sánchez Cerén, are expected to attend the closing session in the afternoon. Created in the 90s on the initiative of the late Cuban leader Fidel Castro and Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva, as leader of the Workers Party of Brazil, the Sao Paulo Forum was conceived as a space for political agreement. This is the third time that this space holds sessions in Havana after the 1993 and 2001 meetings. (I)